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1951 Kaiser Deluxe Series K512 Sedan / K512006478 Vehicle Information

1951 Kaiser Deluxe Series K512 photograph

1951 Kaiser Deluxe Series K512
Sold for $2,200 at 2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey.
Henry J. Kaiser was a man of many talents. During the Second World War, he revolutionized the way ships were built, resulting in his company, Kaiser Shipbuilding Company, to produce nearly 1,500 hulls for the government using principles similar to the assembly line. After the war he was introduced to Joseph Frazer, then president of Graham-Paige Motors. Soon after, the Kaiser-Frazer Corporation was formed.

Though the two men had a good relationship, they differed on their beliefs for the type of automobile they should produce. Kaiser wanted an economical car fitted with revolutionary advancements such as front-wheel drive. Frazer preferred a more conventional luxury machine. The front-wheel-drive system proved to be a failure and in the end, Kaiser cars were more like a plain Frazer. Both Frazer's and Kaiser's sold well in the post-war era.

By the 1950s, consumer's tastes were becoming more refined as their options became vaster. Kaiser needed something new to stimulate interest in his vehicles. Howard 'Dutch' Darrin was commissioned to draw up a modern Kaiser; he had been responsible for the original designs of the Kaisers. The result of the modern styling was the streamlined models introduced in 1951.

The vehicles introduced in 1951, the Kaiser Special Series K511 and the Kaiser Deluxe Series K512, would remain virtually unchanged through the end of the marque production in 1955. The new design allowed for more glass areas which improved safety and driving enjoyment. Both the K511 and K512 had similar styling, but the K512 was fitted with additional trim features and richer appointments as standard equipment. The two model lines were distinguished by a strip of chrome that ran around the bottom of the body.

The K512 came in a variety of body styles including the two- and four-door sedan, two- and four-door Traveler Utility sedan, and two-door club coupe. The most popular was the four-door sedan which sold for around $2330 and saw total production reach 56,723 units. The next closed model was the two-door sedan which had only 8,888 units produced. The most exclusive was the two-door Traveler Utility Sedan of which there were 367 units created.

Both the K512 and K511 were powered by a six-cylinder L-head engine that displaced 226.2 cubic-inches and produced 115 horsepower. Both had a wheelbase of 118.5 inches; the Special had a length of 208.5 inches while the Deluxe was slightly larger at 210.3 inches.

This particular example is in a rather poor shape. It was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars sale at Hershey, PA presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $3,000 - $6,000 and offered without reserve. The lot was sold for $2,200 including buyer's premium.

There are a number of accessories on this vehicle including a Borg-Warner overdrive, a Kaiser sun visor, AM radio, directional signals, and a 'necker's Knob' on the steering wheel. The odometer reads 96,293 miles and it was last inspected in Pennsylvania in 1965.


By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007


2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $3,000-USD $6,000 
Sale Price :
USD $2,200

1951 Kaiser Deluxe Series K512 Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1951 sales)
1951 Kaiser Deluxe Golden Dragon Sedan
Chassis#: K-512-B076289
Sold for USD$15,400
  2020 RM Sothebys : Auburn Fall Auction
 
1951 Kaiser Deluxe Golden Dragon Sedan
Chassis#: K-512-053525
Sold for USD$28,600
  2018 RM Sothebys : Hershey
 
1951 Kaiser Deluxe
Sold for USD$12,500
  2018 Carlisle Auction : Fall Carlisle
 
1951 Kaiser Deluxe Two-Door Sedan
Sold for USD$15,950
  2016 Auctions America : Auburn Spring
 
1951 Kaiser Deluxe
Chassis#: 2010137
Sold for USD$6,000
  2016 Leake Auction : Oklahoma City
 
1951 Kaiser Deluxe Sedan
Sold for USD$15,500
  2015 Mecum : Austin
 
1951 KAISER 512 DELUXE 4 DOOR SEDAN
Chassis#: 017015
Sold for USD$9,350
  2014 Barrett-Jackson, Las Vegas
 
1951 Kaiser Deluxe Sedan 226 CI, 3-Speed
Sold for USD$12,500
  2013 Mecum - Kansas City
 
1951 Kaiser Deluxe Sedan
Sold for USD$5,750
  2013 Mecum Auctions - Dallas 2013
 
1951 Kaiser Deluxe 2-door Sedan
Chassis#: k512053514
Sold for USD$14,040
  2009 Bonhams - Bicentennial Pavilion at Hotel Murano
 
1951 Kaiser Deluxe Series K512
Sold for USD$2,200
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Hershey
1951 Kaiser Deluxe Series K512 image  
1951 KAISER 512 DELUXE TUDOR
Sold for USD$3,410
  2001 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2001
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1951 Kaiser Deluxe Series K512's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1951 Kaiser Deluxe Model 5120 4 DoorK5120395172019 McCormick's # 67   
1951 Kaiser Deluxe Sedan 2016 Mecum : Kissimmee$11,000  

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1951 Kaiser Deluxe Series K512

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